The classicist Robert Kaster is a knowledgable and engaging guide as he journeys along the queen of Roman roads, writes PD Smith
This lucid translation of Pavlov's powerful quasi-autobiographical novel confronts the horror of Russian history, writes Phoebe Taplin
Andrey Kurkov, the author of Death and the Penguin, is ideally placed to guide us through the Ukrainian revolution as it unfolds, writes Oliver Bullough
Sven Marquardt says it's about the right mix, even if that means 'letting in the odd lawyer with his Gucci-Prada wife'
Owen Matthews's book about the Russian courtier and adventurer is packed with rumbustious merchants, nautical japes and brutal history. By Victoria Segal
Jane Housham on a tale of globalisation, eroticism – and male sexual dysfunction
Forget your tired notions of cold war eastern Europe: Sukhdev Sandhu hails a new cultural exploration by a 'middle-class, over-educated Polish girl'
Few writers have visited Gibraltar, and those who have disliked it. So why would you set a novel there? By Thomas Mogford
Italian writer, who died 25 years ago, lived in Racalmuto, where residents are campaigning for his former house to be saved
Historian who revolutionised the study of German society and became one of the country's leading public intellectuals
There has been an intense debate about this surprise bestseller. What is the upshot? By Stephanie Flanders
This mammoth production of the neocon classic shifts the focus to its enthralling and predatory femme fatale, writes Andrew Todd
A group of prominent Spaniards say it would be the right of all Spanish citizens to vote in a Catalan independence referendum
Expert on Russian history who wrote acclaimed books on Catherine the Great and Ivan the Terrible